Dredd, Resident Evil: Retribution, and FREE Netflix

“Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.”

Okay I couldn’t resist. Apparently I had canceled my DVD subscription long enough to trigger a FREE month from Netflix. I signed up and immediately got Resident Evil Retribution and the new Dredd because I had missed them in theaters. I only plan to keep Netflix disc for the FREE month but isn’t that what everyone says?

The Resident Evil movie is mind-bogglingly awful. The Red Queen, who had been trying to save humanity in the first film, tries to wipe out humanity in this film. Wesker, Alice’s thoroughly evil and implacable foe in the last film, becomes Alice’s unseen ally in this one. Characters who had been killed off in the first films pop up here as clones – though there was no previous indication they had been clones.

There is almost no plot and what plot there is makes absolutely no sense. Paul W.S. Anderson appears to have taken the first four films and thrown them into a blender to make this film. The Hive gets mentioned and recapped, Raccoon City is featured as are the giant dog-like zombies with the large tongues, the giant with the hammer is back and this time he has brought a friend.

On the other hand, Dredd was a breath of fresh air. Karl Urban provides a gutsy portrayal of Judge Dredd in that his face is covered for almost the entire film. The action is wonderful, if a little reminiscent of The Raid. The world of Mega City One is well realized and far better handled than the Sylvester Stallone version. Lena Headey is fun to watch, even if her villain here is not nearly as nuanced as her portrayal of Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones.

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